LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 106

LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 106 (15 Oct 2008)


1. Baker, Sherry. “The rise of the cyborgs,”
Discover vol. 29, no. 10 (October 2008): p. 50-57.

Neural prosthetics is a brain-computer interface designed by Philip
Kennedy which can decode the conscious intentions carried by neural
signals.  This new technology aims at the severely disabled and can
help the paralyzed walk, the mute speak, and the near-dead return to
life. Able-bodied people can also benefit from it.

Discover is available electronically at

2. Schneider, David. “Fresh phish,”
IEEE Spectrum vol. 45, no. 10 (October 2008): p. 34-38.

A recently discovered flaw in the Internet’s Domain Name System
makes it easy for hackers to lure you to fake Web sites.

IEEE Spectrum is available electronically at


Empire of dreams : the science fiction and fantasy films of Steven
Spielberg / Andrew M. Gordon
(PN1998.3.S65 G67 2008)

This book provides a definitive look at all of the science fiction,
fantasy, and horror films directed by Steven Spielberg, one of the
most popular and influential contemporary filmmakers.

Steven Spielberg’s works:


Alan Greenspan (born March 6, 1926)

American economist and chairman of the Board of Governors of the
Federal Reserve System (1987-2006). His chairmanship survived the
administration of four American presidents.

His remarks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart
Conference 2004:

“I do not deny that many appear to have succeeded in a material
way by cutting corners and by manipulating associates, both in
their professional and in their personal lives. But material success
is possible in this world and far more satisfying when it comes
without exploiting others. The true measure of a career is to be able
to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own
endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake.”

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